UPDATE: Oregon woman found dead, daughter survives after getting lost in remote Idaho forest
A hunter found the body of a woman reported missing from Oregon while her daughter was found in a vehicle alive.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office says the two women EastIdahoNews.com is identifying as Dorothy “Kae” Turner, 84, and Heidi Turner, 58, were reported missing Wednesday from Pendelton Oregon. Authorities say the hunter found Dorothy’s body around 11:45 a.m. in the Solitaire Saddle area in the Panhandle National Forest.
The Turners’ family reported them missing after they took an “unusual route” through Idaho. Idaho State Police also issued an alert to be on the lookout for the missing women.
When investigators arrived to the scene Friday, the hunter led deputies to Dorothy’s body. When the Sheriff’s Office searched the area further, they found Heidi alive inside the vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Office believes the Turners got confused while following a GPS unit and ended up in the national forest. Once lost in the remote area, their gold 2015 Chrysler Town and Country broke down. Dorothy tried to walk out and get help but died from exposure. The daughter with mental disabilities stayed behind in the minivan and survived.
“This incident is still under investigation, but at this time it does not appear to be suspicious in nature,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Idaho State Police say two women reported missing in Oregon who may have been in Idaho were “located.”
Officials did not release any additional details.
PENDLETON, Oregon — Police are asking for help to find two women from Oregon who authorities say are endangered and possibly in Idaho.
Pendleton Oregon Police say Dorothy “Kae” Turner, 84, and Heidi Turner, 58, left Oregon to go to Utah in a gold 2015 Chrysler Town and Country. Idaho State PSP said in a news release the two last spoke with a family member and they were on an “unusual route” in Idaho.
The Turners then did not answer their phones, but their Oregon license plate 432MDR possibly hit on a license plate reader at milepost 1 on Interstate 90 near Post Falls.
Reported sightings came in Franklin and Payette. A truck driver also reported seeing a vehicle matching the mini van’s description at a Little Stinkers truck stop at exit 13 on Interstate 84 near Payette.
If anyone sees the women, they are asked to check on their welfare and call the Umatilla Oregon County Dispatch Center at (541) 966-3650.